Day of free entertainment on offer at Creswell Crags

To celebrate the launch of First Art’s Flâneur: Portrait 2017 photography season they are inviting people to Creswell Crags for a unique day of free family-friendly entertainment.

You will be able to see the ancient caves come to colourful life with sound and digital light installations by Urban Projections.

In the meadow you will be able to take a ride with Pif-Paf Theatre on their fly and submercycles, listen to music from Creswell Colliery Brass and the Whitwell Community Choir and have your photo taken in an historic photo booth.

In the Temporary Exhibition Space (inside the visitor centre) there will be work from a co-commission with Format Photography Festival – a unique portrait of the area by three internationally acclaimed photographers.

Flâneur – New Urban Narratives is an international photography project curated by Procu.arte of Portugal, which has seen artists across 13 countries produce locally-specific work.

This unique journey started in Mansfield with First Art’s Portrait lightbox exhibition in 2015, and will come back to the town this spring. The new work will first be exhibited in Derby, as part of FORMAT17, and will then travel to Mansfield Market Place, for a homecoming for the lightboxes.

To celebrate this collaboration, First Art are inviting people to a season of photographic events, starting with the launch celebration at Creswell Crags, when they will shine a light on the ancient caves, to celebrate Flâneur: Portrait 2017 shining a light on the First Art area.

For 2017, First Art, Procur.arte and Format Photography Festival invited artists Tom Hunter, Liz Hingley and the collective Discipula (MFG Paltrinieri, Mirko Smerdel and Tommaso Tanini) to focus on geographic and social elements associated with the former coalfields of North East Derbyshire and North East Nottinghamshire.

You can see the full commissions in spectacular outdoor lightbox exhibitions in Derby and Mansfield this spring: Derby Cathedral Green/Silk Mill Park (part of FORMAT17) – until Sunday, April 23; Mansfield Market Place – Saturday, April 29-May 13.

Both exhibitions are free to view at any time, day or night.